Course: MA in Applied Linguistics (Forensic Linguistics)
Where from/ Nationality: Ghana/ Ghanaian
Previous University: University of Ghana, Legon
What was your background before coming to Aston University? -I read Information Studies, English and Linguistics in my Bachelors, I did my major in Linguistics. I researched into “Ewe- English Code switching on Radio” in Ghana.
What influenced you to come and study at Aston? - I chose Aston due to the institutions high academic and graduate employment reputation. Aston University is among the few institutions that offer and have a good reputation in MA Applied Linguistics in the area of Forensic Linguistics. This I think would enable me to become one of the few formally trained Forensic Linguists in my country.
Did you use the services of an agent? If so how did you find that particular agency? - Yes – PFL – Preparation for Life. They were excellent. I am so much impressed about their supports during my visa application. They assisted me with the online visa registrations, and other visa processing procedures.
What do you like about studying at Aston and living in Birmingham? -I think Aston University is a very good environment for promoting academic and personal development, as it aims at promoting ethnicity and cultural diversity. The city and the location of Aston, being in the city, make access to facilities easy – restaurants, shops, etc.
Aims for the future: what do you hope to do when you graduate and how will studying at Aston help you achieve these aims? - I am looking forward to do further studies in the area of Forensic Linguistics, and afterwards I hope to become a lecturer in a University some time. Studying here in Aston will enable me to acquire the necessary skills to become a Linguistics lecturer. I look forward to share my academic and interpersonal experiences I am gaining here in Aston with others.
What are the differences between studying at Aston in the UK compared with studying in your home country? -
Here you get to meet a lot of people from different countries, and different backgrounds in Linguistics, this helps to learn other things. Due to smaller number of students, the classes are more interactive than back home during my undergraduate.
Looking back over the last year (or your first year), was there anything that you would do differently in preparation that would be useful advice to future Aston students? - I think one gets settle down quite easily when almost everything is sorted out before arrivals, for example accommodation, and living expenses for the initial weeks.
What new interests or clubs/societies have you been involved with since you came to Aston? - I have couple of interests, but I intend to do them during the next term. I hope to join SIFE – Students in Free Enterprise, and other ones.
If you had to sum up Aston in one word what would that word be? - I think Aston has the resources required to develop a student into a graduate for the job market.